“Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance.” And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.””
Ruth 4:5-6 NKJV
“And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate. You are witnesses this day.””
Ruth 4:9-10 NKJV
Ready, willing, and able
In the story of Ruth, I am reminded of the kinsman redeemer, the person in biblical times who had the power to redeem someone from the bondage of poverty. Naomi and Ruth were to poor to redeem the property that they owned, and were trapped, barely able to provide for themselves.
By the grace of God, Ruth had happened upon the field of Boaz, a near relative of Naomi, and one who could redeem them. The Lord had blessed, and provided, and did what Naomi and Ruth couldn’t do for themselves.
What a glorious story, as it reminds us through types and shadows of the saving work of Jesus who redeems us from sin, delivering us from spiritual poverty.
Before Boaz could redeem Naomi and Ruth, he had to offer the opportunity to a closer relative, unnamed. I sense that the newer relative had a family of his own, and did not want the redemption of the property, which included Naomi, Ruth, and any heirs that could result from the marriage. The additions to the line could jeopardize the inheritance of his own family, so he declined. God had chosen Boaz, seemingly without heir, to be the redeemer. Nothing can interrupt the plans of God.
Boaz was ready, willing and able, as he stood in the assembly and proclaimed his intentions before the witnesses.
As sinners, we are in bondage to sin, unable to save ourselves. We are impoverished of heart and soul, feeling the constant draining upon us, stifling all that we do to try and free ourselves. God looks upon us in our sin, and extends grace through Jesus.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
From the foundation of the world, from the sin in the garden, Jesus was ready, willing and able. He is the heir of God, the eternal kingdom, and He humbled himself, became one of us, as He took on human flesh. He made himself our kinsman, that He would be able to take on our sins, that we take sin His righteousness.
Because of Him, we who believe are no longer bound for hell, but set for eternal glory, ruling and reigning with Jesus as joint heirs.
Brothers and sisters, let us live lives of thanksgiving, for what the Lord has done for us. We have been redeemed, freed from our debt of sin, and made rich in Christ. We have been set free from the consequences of our sin, which is death, and we have been given the power to turn from future sin by the power of Jesus’ resurrection.
Let us stand in the open square and proclaim the Name of the One who saved us from our sin, purchased us with His blood, and has given us the message of the Gospel.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV